Many state societies in Washington, Illinois in particular, were a key part of the social life of the city from the 1950s to the 1950s with monthly dances. Men and women in uniform from any state were admitted for free to Illinois dances and it would not be unusual to see a soldier with a Brooklyn accent say hello to Gen. Ulyses S. Grant, III in a receving line before an Illinois State Society dance in the 1940s. Dances started late by modern standards due to Eastern War Time. A dance might offer dance lessons by the Vic Daumit Studios at 9 PM and the actual dance would last from 10 PM to 1 AM. There is a copy of an article on this page about a dance at the Shoreham Hotel on Dec. 5, 1941 that started only 44 hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor with Japanese negotiators only a few blocks from the dance venue waiting for their final instructions from Tokyo.